March 25, 2020 – Testing reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health has indicated one positive case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Mahaska County, Iowa resident.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual was an adult aged 61-80 years who is believed to have contracted the virus via community spread. This case did require hospitalization and is recovering.

“While this is Mahaska County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Mahaska County Public Health Coordinator, Patty Malloy.

These actions include:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  •  Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm.
  •  Staying home when ill.

Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)


  • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)


  • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the Mahaska Health website at, or the IDPH webpage at and follow Mahaska Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health on Facebook.